Education Graduate certificates provide candidates with eligibility endorsements to an Alaska teaching certificate. All course work must be completed within a seven-year period immediately preceding the date the graduate certificate is granted. Graduate certificates are granted by the University of Alaska Southeast; UAS provides the institutional recommendation to the student to submit to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for endorsement.
Elementary Education K-8 Graduate Certificate
The teacher certification program in Elementary Education is a graduate certificate that leads to recommendation for an elementary K-8 Initial Teacher Certificate. The program is offered by e-Learning only and is available to students in urban and rural areas throughout Alaska. On-site cohorts may also be formed as demand warrants. Students in the program must be self-directed learners, must have access to high speed Internet connections, and must schedule time during the school year to complete weekly intensive practicum assignments and a semester of student teaching in an elementary or middle school. Certification students must receive the approval of the local school district, as extensive practicum experiences are required.
Courses are delivered via audio and online. Students must have access to high speed Internet connections, a speakerphone, a digital camera, a digital video camera, and a scanner.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a general education background from an accredited institution. The program advisors will examine transcripts to determine if the applicant has sufficient background in writing, mathematics, social science, science, child development, the arts, physical education, and health. Applicants who lack sufficient background in one or more of these areas can expect to take additional coursework.
- A completed graduate application and $60 non-refundable admission processing fee
- An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
- Two recommendations on specific forms available from the School of Education
- A writing sample consisting of two pieces:
- A statement of professional objectives
- An impromptu writing sample
- Official Praxis Core test scores
- Letter of support from local school district administration (except those in the Anchorage and Juneau School Districts)
- Documentation of successful work with children in an early childhood or elementary school setting
- Signed waiver form to allow potential host teachers access to student application information provided by the School of Education
- Student information sheet
- Applicants may also be interviewed.
- Content competency in writing, mathematics, social science, science, child development, the arts, physical education, and health are assessed at admission. Candidates may need to take extra undergraduate level coursework if deficient in any area.
Praxis Subject Assessment
To successfully graduate from the program, students must pass the Praxis Subject Assessment as required by the State for your certification area.
For student teaching, the department may limit registration, determine assignments, and prescribe the number of teaching hours required. Six successful credits of student teaching are required. The Program Coordinator reserves the right to require an additional 3-6 credit hours of student teaching for students who fail to meet the standard.
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Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)
|Minimum Credit Hours||45|
|COED||S001||Preparations for Teacher Education Programs||0|
|ED||S230||Introduction to Educational Technology||3|
|ED||S320B||Physical Education in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED||S320E||Health in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED||S333||The Learner and the Learning Process||3|
Select one from the following (1 credit):
|ED||S320A||Art in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED||S320C||Music in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED||S320D||Drama in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ALST||S603||Alaska Literature for Young People||3|
|ED||S615||Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades||3|
|ED||S616||Math Methods in the K-8 Classroom||3|
|ED||S617||Science Methods in the K-8 Classroom||3|
|ED||S618||Social Studies in the K-8 Classroom||3|
|ED||S619||Classroom Management and Discipline||3|
|ECE||S661||Literacy and Young Children||3|
|ED||S680||Perspectives on Multicultural Education||3|
|EDSE||S482||The Inclusive Classrooms for All Children||3|
Recommendation for certification will be granted upon successful completion of the above coursework.
Students are encouraged to complete the remaining coursework required for the M.A.T. degree during their initial years as classroom teachers.